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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

2 weeks after showers, fields in Rohtak, Jhajjar still submerged

Ravinder Saini
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, August 10

A couple of weeks after heavy rainfall lashed the region, hundreds of acres in Rohtak's Karontha and Shimli villages and Jhajjar's Dighal and Barhana villages are still submerged, damaging the paddy crop. Distressed farmers say the authorities have not made arrangements to drain out rainwater.

Ankit, a farmer from Karontha village, said: "I planted paddy on 15 acres. A majority of the crop has been damaged because of stagnant rainwater. About 150 acres in my village are submerged. Farmers whose fields are in low-lying areas face this situation every year, but they take the risk of planting paddy hoping of getting a good produce."

Manjeet Dhankar, another farmer, said waterlogged fields affected the sowing of the next crop. "Farmers are unable to sow wheat as fields remain flooded for months. Consequently, many villagers have now left farming," said Anand of Dighal village, who lost paddy sown over 4 acres.

Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha vice-president Inderjit said waterlogging had rendered a large number of farmers landless as they were unable to cultivate any crop. "Since it is not their fault, the state should compensate them."

Shamsher, Kisan Nyay Yatra coordinator, said they had brought the matter to the knowledge of higher-ups several times, but to no avail.

Puneet Rai, Executive Engineer (Irrigation), said water was stagnant only in low-lying areas of villages. "Pump sets have been installed to drain out water," he added.

from The Tribune

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